Magazine article Black Enterprise

QA: Cyberwise

Magazine article Black Enterprise

QA: Cyberwise

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I really want to get an e-reader, but I'm not sure which one is right for me. And now with Apple's ipad announcement, I'm even more confused. What should I be looking for?

--Anonymous

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The marketplace for the e-reader, or electronic book reader, is definitely crowded. Since Amazon released the Kindle (www.amazon.com; $259) and followed up with the Kindle DX ($489), everyone from Sony (Reader; www.sonystyle.com; starting at $199) to Barnes and Noble (Nook; www. barnesandnoble.com; $259) have joined in the frenzy; and now Apple's iPad (www. apple, com; starting at $499) isn't making it any easier for consumers to choose. Before you buy, here's what you should keep in mind.

For starters, think carefully about what your needs are. Look for technology that does what you want it to do and that fits within your budget. Consider, for example, the total cost of owning an e-reader and if the convenience will be worth it over ' the life of the device and in light of the rapid pace of tech development (the time it takes for a newer iteration to make your purchase obsolete--or give you device envy). …

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